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Cox Automotive has appointed Jonathan Smoke as chief economist, with the brief to lead the creation of an economic industry insights office to deepen the research consultancy’s expertise in all aspects of the automotive industry.

He succeeds Tom Webb who is retiring.

Smoke is a 21-year veteran of the housing industry and was most recently chief economist for, having previously worked for Hanley Wood, a media and market intelligence company.

Sandy Schwartz, president, Cox Automotive, said: “Jonathan will provide a fresh perspective as he offers analysis on the automotive industry and the economic and market trends that affect our clients' business.

“Many parallels exist between the automotive and real estate industries and Jonathan is perfectly positioned to offer actionable intelligence that will benefit our clients."

Also joining the new team is Charlie Chesbrough in the role of senior economist and senior director of industry insights.

Chesbrough previously served as executive director and senior economist for Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). Prior to joining OESA, he was the senior principal economist and director of industry analysis at IHS Automotive.